Fish and Chip Vests

Sheila Simpson


I want to give a big ‘Thank you’ to all the ladies who so generously knitted ‘fish and chip vests’, blankets, hats, mitts, jumpers and cardigans for sending to Malawi. An amazing 358 items were handed in and will be leaving from Dundee in the next few months.
If you would like to help or to receive a copy of the quick and easy pattern for the vests and hats please phone Sheila on 01651 871957.

"Chip Shop Babies:
The term ‘chip shop babies’ began when it was discovered that often newborn babies mostly in developing countries arrived into this world and had no clothes to put on. As a result, the newborns were wrapped in newspaper, just like a fish supper, to keep them warm.
News of this reached knitters up and down the UK who developed a simple vest pattern, with additional hat sometimes, which even a novice knitter could cope with. As a result, tens of thousands of vests have been knitted and sent out to needy babies around the world.
The charity is also grateful for knitted items for small children. They ask that bright and mixed colours are used."

THE BANANA BOX STORY (from Alan Laverock)
The Banana Box Trust works with people and organisations in Malawi, to bring expertise and support. We transport via containers a variety of items that are needed, but we don’t send items that would cause a Malawian business or individual to fail. We are there to help and make a difference.
The Churches in Gordon Presbytery have, for a number of years, been knitting with great success however it is perhaps timely to remind everyone that each banana box must be supported with a donation of £15 which will go towards transportation to Malawi from Dundee, a distance of some 12,750 kilometres.

With each box please send your donation either to Mo Vernal ( or our Presbytery Treasurer ( Please contact them directly to arrange payment.